History and Activism

A critical and sophisticated understanding of the past illuminates circumstances of the present. Students of history are thus well positioned to confront, challenge and change the disconcerting global realities. 

Historians Against Slavery
We’re convinced that historical knowledge and perspective are essential to understanding modern slavery and for combating it effectively. This knowledge and perspective is grounded in the history of the enslavement of Africans and Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere and in the many other systems of slavery once prominent throughout the world. We provide analysis and perspectives that today’s abolitionist movement must have in order to be credible and truly effective. 

Historians for Peace and Democracy
Our mission is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and for democracy and human rights at home.  To these ends, we are dedicated to fostering education on campuses and in communities, encouraging activism, and facilitating networking with organizations working for peace and justice.

Jesuit Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project
The Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project (SHMR) researches the lived experiences of enslaved adults and children whom the Jesuits owned. The project aims to know, and to share, a more complete history of Jesuit involvement in the institution of slavery. We pledge to make that information available as quickly as we can in ways accessible to descendants. We are committed to a transformative process of truth-telling, reconciliation, and healing that, in conversation with the descendants of those held in bondage, acknowledges historical harms, seeks to repair relationships, and works within our communities to address the legacies of slavery that persist in the form of racial inequities today. The Georgetown Slavery Archives in particular is a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University and slavery.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was founded in 1905 by a group of anti-racist activists, which included W.E.B DuBois, the first African American to earn a PhD from Harvard. (His degree was in History). Its mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. 

Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.